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Northern Ireland Assembly debates

Monday, 26 October 1998

  • Northern Ireland Assembly

    The Assembly met at 10.30 am (The Initial Presiding Officer (The Lord Alderdice of Knock) in the Chair). Members observed two minutes’ silence.

  • Presiding Officer’s Business

    12 speeches

    This is the first meeting of the Assembly since the announcement that two of its Members have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. I wish to offer my heartiest congratulations to the First...

  • Assembly: Standing Orders

    66 speeches

    I beg to move That the Assembly takes note of the progress report prepared by the Committee on Standing Orders. The Committee has now built substantially on its interim report of...

  • Assembly:  Unparliamentary Language

    11 speeches

    Remarks were made by a Sinn Fein Member about behaviour. Although the Member did not name anyone, I ask you, Sir, to give the Assembly a ruling at its next sitting after you have read those...

  • Statements by First Minister (Designate) and Deputy

    77 speeches

    We now come to the Statements from the First Minister (Designate) and the Deputy First Minister (Designate). I propose to take the statements now and then suspend the sitting for lunch. The...

  • Hill-top Observation Posts (South Armagh)

    10 speeches

    Go raibh maith agat a Cheann Chomhailre Sealadaigh agus a Bhaill den Tionól. I want to speak about demilitarisation — or the lack of it — throughout the North, and the problems...

  • Misuse of Fireworks

    5 speeches

    All that I can guarantee this evening is that there will be some fireworks in my speech. It cheered up what was promising to be a rather drab holiday in Spain last week when one of the party...

  • Education

    2 speeches

    Due to the lateness of the hour I will try to keep my remarks brief, and despite the fact, or perhaps because of it, that the topic I want to deal with lies within the field of education, I...

  • Education Needs (Strangford)

    3 speeches

    I want to raise an issue of great importance in my constituency of Strangford. I failed to secure an Adjournment debate at the previous sitting to speak on this matter. However, it is no less...

  • European Union: Surplus Food

    1 speech

    The subject on which I am about to speak causes me a great deal of anger and deep annoyance. I am grateful for this opportunity today to describe a callous decision by the British Government, our...

  • Drug Abuse and Education

    2 speeches

    The illicit use of drugs has been growing steadily in Northern Ireland over the last four years, and there have been a variety of responses to the situation. We know that illicit drug use is by...

What is this?

The current Northern Ireland Assembly was established in 1998 as part of the Belfast Agreement. It was suspended on the 14th of October 2002, and remained suspended until 8th May 2007.

Between 8 May 2006 and 22 November 2006 the Assembly established under the Northern Ireland Act 2006, and between November 2006 and January 2007 the Transitional Assembly created by the Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Act 2006, met in order to prepare for the restoration of devolved government.

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